If you live up here, you are probably feeling the effects of the weather. Not the various cold and crud viruses making the rounds like they do, but chances are you are occasionally-
Annoyed, aggravated, irritated, unsettled, stressed out, fed up, twitchy, having a bout of SAD, cabin fever, or the 1000 yard stare has settled onto your face without notice.
It's probably crossed your mind to bag living up here and to move someplace, any place, where 1) the weather does not have such wild swings, and 2) it either stays cold, or stays warm, or 3) anywhere without snow, ice, and rain.
This is especially true for those of us attempting to manage livestock which means outdoor chores of some type. It's becoming a struggle and I find myself haunting the weather websites like a virus myself, trying to out geuss the professional weather liars. I check satellite images, forecasts, and historical data. The last is worthless this year since if there is a pattern, it's that there isn't one.
From below zero to temps in the 40s inside 24 hours. Low humidity to pouring rain in the same. As the systems rocket from the mid Pacific ocean northwards, we might as well have a target painted on us as we unerringly get slammed with whatever front is pushed through-complete with large fluctuations in pressure. I find myself trying to stay on top of these wild highs and lows, because they play havoc on a horses' digestive system. I am constantly tweaking the hay fed, the amount of salt in the feed pans, whether or not I should provide a mash, blanket or not, repair or maintain the fences, arrange for plowing and the like.
After a while it becomes an added burden, managing the effects of the weather. As I tell myself "at least I don't have to have fans and misters due to heat" I bundle up (again) to feed more hay (again) while tromping through calf deep snow (again). Sigh.
Is it breakup yet?